President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, is currently self-isolating after coming in contact with a person with COVID-19.
In a statement issued by his office on Wednesday, Ramaphosa went into self-quarantine following a positive COVID-19 diagnosis of a guest that attended a dinner alongside the President on Saturday.
“Ramaphosa has begun a period of self-quarantine following the positive COVID-19 diagnosis of a guest at a dinner attended by the President on Saturday, Oct. 24,’’ a statement issued by the presidency of South Africa read.
The presidency revealed that 35 guests attended the event in a Johannesburg hotel, which adhered completely to COVID-19 guidelines on screening, social distancing and the wearing of face masks.
The statement added that although Ramaphosa was showing no symptoms, he will be tested if any were to manifest.
It added that “The president will perform his duties remotely and will observe the guidelines that apply to self-quarantine.’’
South Africa is one of Africa’s hardest hit countries by the virus having recorded 717,851 coronavirus cases and over 19,000 deaths.